Qatar Petroleum (QP) has scaled up its expansion plans, targeting 110 million tpy of LNG, under the aegis of the North Field expansion project. The country currently produces 77 million tpy. In July 2017, the company said it would increase production to 100 million tpy.
The increase would be driven by the addition of a fourth liquefaction train, QP said. The new project, therefore, will include four trains producing 32 million tpy of LNG, in addition to 1.46 million tpy of ethane, 4 million tpy of LPG, 7,300 tpy of pure helium and 260,000 bpd of condensate.
QP did not provide a new timeline for completion. Previously, it had said work would be completed by 2022-24.
QP’s president and CEO, Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, said the decision to scale up further had been driven by “good results obtained through recent additional appraisal and testing”. The company has moved to include the fourth LNG train in “the ongoing [FEED] of the project. When the project is completed and all four new trains are online, Qatar’s LNG production capacity will reach 110 million tpy. This will increase Qatar’s total production capacity from 4.8 to 6.2 million boepd.”
In addition to affirming the country’s place as largest LNG producer, this expansion will “have a great impact on Qatar’s economic growth and will help stimulate our local economy”, Al-Kaabi said.
Chiyoda won FEED work on the onshore facilities for the project, which will take gas from the North Field. An engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the offshore wellhead jackets should be awarded before the end of 2018, QP continued, with development drilling expected to begin “imminently”.
Announcing the first increase in 2017, QP said the additional volumes would come from a doubling of the new gas project in the southern part of the North Field. The new project would have about 4 bcf (113 mcm) per day of production, it said.